Professional Course

Institute of Acoustics Certificate of Competence in Environmental Noise Measurement

Course details

Next course date



35 hours of contact time


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Lecture/workshop days - dates/times

5 day course, 9:00am - 4.30pm

Exam dates/times

6 October 2023

Course description

About this module

This course is accredited by the Institute of Acoustics. This recognition, coupled with over 25 years’ experience of delivering short courses in acoustics, means we have the knowledge and expertise to support you in this course.

Because we know that many of you will be working and will be taking this course as part of your professional development, we may be able to hold the course at your place of work for your convenience.

This course is divided into five key areas:

Basic Concepts of Environmental Noise

You’ll receive an overview of the basic definitions and principles of sound, noise indices, and units, and the basic calculations involving decibels and noise indices.

Instrumentation for Environmental Noise Measurement

You will go through the basic features and properties of an integrating sound level meter. We will also consider the importance of both field and laboratory calibration requirements.

Noise Indices and Measurement Methodologies for Environmental Noise Measurement

You will review noise assessment methods and standards, including the new guidance documents on noise in relation to planning applications, BS4142, CRTN, and BS5228. The focus here is very much on measurement methodology and less so on the legislative requirements.

Environmental Noise Measurement in Practice

We’ll encourage you to focus on the principles and good practice of noise measurement in the field, including those stipulated in BS7445.  You will also consider the limitations of noise measurement through the application of practical case studies and uncertainty. There will be plenty of opportunities to practise your skills outdoors.

Overview of Noise Propagation

This part of the course focuses on the propagation of noise from point and line sources and the effects of the environment on noise propagation.

Who is this course for

If you’re employed in a technical or scientific role by local authorities, environmental consultancies or other organisations where environmental noise measurement features, this course is ideal for you.

No formal qualifications are required. Successful completion of the course can lead to technical membership of the Institute of Acoustics.

Learn from an expert teaching team

Structure, certificates and assessment

The course will start on a Monday and will take five full-time days to complete.

This is a hands-on course that will develop your skills in undertaking noise measurements and interpreting the results, so it will be very relevant to the job you do.

You'll take a practical exam on the Friday. There's also a written exam that is normally held on a Friday about two weeks after the course.

Certificate/award on completion: Institute of Acoustics Certificate of Competence in Environmental Noise Measurement

Learning outcomes


The next step could be the IOA diploma in Acoustics.

You're probably already in employment, so you'll be able to put the skills you develop into practice immediately in your role. Gaining this qualification could also enhance your career prospects as it will set you apart from your peers.

Fees and funding

The cost of the course is £1,400 (including IOA registration fee) for the academic year 2022/23.

Please note this is subject to change for the academic year 2023/24.

How to apply

*Please note this course is not currently accepting applications, please contact to register your interest in this course. 

Who will teach you

Mark Dring in conversation.

Mark Dring
Programme leader

Mark is a lecturer on the Sound, Light and Live Event Technology Degree and also on the IOA Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control.

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